Top Quotes by Sallie Krawcheck

Networking has been cited as the number one unwritten rule of success in business. Who you know really impacts what you know.

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My advice for folks on networking is give, give, give. You will later receive. But you are really planting these seeds. Some of them will die, and they won’t become anything. Many of them will take many, many years before they pay off for you if at all.

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Hard work most often leads to success, but it’s not every day, and it’s not every week. It will pay off at different times over the course of your career.

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The only time in my career I’ve lost sleep – wake up 3:30 in the morning, and you know you’re not going back to sleep – is when I’ve been an entrepreneur. Even in the financial crisis.

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I love to talk. I love to share. I love to vent. But I prefer action.

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To empower women, power must be given to them, presumably by an entity that already has it. And that entity is the patriarchy. This also implies that women must be on the receiving end, waiting – politely – to be empowered. Very Victorian-era courtship, isn’t it?

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You may find it more relaxing to work with people just like you, but entrepreneurship is about finding new approaches to problems, and discomfort can be an important part of that process.

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Albert Einstein is reported to have said compounding is the eighth wonder of the world. Obviously, a dollar invested in your 20s is worth so much more than a dollar invested in your 60s.

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Stop hoping for a promotion that’s not coming. Instead, start a business at which you want to work.

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Most financial questions don’t have one right answer – just an answer that’s right for you.

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Investing isn’t a game to be won. At the end of the day, it’s a way to achieve your big goals, like buying that home, starting that business, and retiring on your own terms.

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We all know money is power. And women won’t be equal with men until we are financially equal with men. Getting more money into the hands of women is good for women, but it’s also good for their families, for the economy, and for society.

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Leadership is a lot of hard work. I hoped, when I was younger, that I would just be a natural leader or that it was something that was innate, but it is really a learned skill.

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Whatever your income level is, save as much as you can – up to 20 percent, but more if you can – and invest it. Put that into an IRA; put that into a brokerage account.

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People say to me, ‘Has being a woman helped or hindered your career?’ And the answer is yes.

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The research indicates that when we women invest, we women do tend to be more patient, take a longer-term perspective and as a result of it, tend to be better investors than men. But the messages we get are that investing is sort of ‘the guys’ world.’

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Your career is not going to go the way you planned. It is impossible at the age of 23 to pick the right industry, the right company, and you can visualize what you’re going to be doing in your 40s, 50s, and 60s, but chances are that it’s going to be something quite different. So remain open to opportunities and change.

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I hated being a junior investment banker. I loved the research business, the wealth management business.

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Knowing your customer inside and out is mission-critical, and it takes time. It’s impossible to hit on the insights that will ultimately decide your company’s fate without putting them to the test – literally – even if that takes longer than you’d have liked.

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Recognize that the issues we face as women advancing in business are issues my grandmother would have loved to have had. And fight the good fight nonetheless. For yourself and your peers – but also for your daughter, when it’s her turn.

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One of my passions is women in business and helping women to get ahead in business. For women, that feedback loop can be broken. Women won’t get as much feedback from male bosses as men will get. Therefore, they have to make an extra effort, whether that is unfortunate, good, bad, indifferent.

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As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to feel ownership over every aspect of your business because you’re putting your reputation, your money, and other people’s money on the line. Oh, and you’re sleeping, breathing, and eating your passion project – that, too. But if you try to do it all yourself, you’re almost certain to fail.

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If you aren’t committed to diversity of thought, you have no business launching a startup.

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Women aren’t driven by or thrilled by outperforming the market. They’re much more excited about, ‘Can I meet my goal?’

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Like many entrepreneurs, I never have two days that are alike. One thing that’s consistent is I wake up early, around 4:30 A.M. It’s my most productive time of day because I can think and work uninterrupted.

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Women bring some great qualities to work. We bring risk-awareness. We bring a greater focus on relationships. We bring more holistic decision-making than gentlemen do. We bring a more long-term perspective than gentlemen do. We tend to look for meaning and purpose in our jobs to a greater degree than gentlemen do.

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We haven’t always been aware of it, but the ‘locker-room bro talk’ has long been going on not just in locker rooms but in some corporate conference rooms. Of course, not by all men. But by some – including some who hold positions of power. And that matters in holding women back.

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Ask any woman who has gone through a divorce and had her standard of living decline substantially. Ask any woman who’s been fired or ‘reorg’ed out’ and had to scramble to take a job she didn’t want. Ask any woman who wanted to quit a job but couldn’t afford to. Investing is possibly the best career advice women aren’t getting.

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I wish I had known that that process of figuring out what you’re good at, what you want to do, and where you want to have an impact is not a one-time exercise, but an ongoing one. Instead, I bought into success being an endpoint rather than a constant process.

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Women bring some great qualities to work. We bring risk-awareness. We bring a greater focus on relationships. We bring more holistic decision-making than gentlemen do. We bring a more long-term perspective than gentlemen do. We tend to look for meaning and purpose in our jobs to a greater degree than gentlemen do.

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I’ve taken a few public hits in my career, and I never hid the pain of it from my children. Nor did I hide the regrouping and rethinking that occurred after each one. After all, that process allowed me to re-emerge and go on to build a more impactful – and more engaging – career path than the one I had been knocked off of.

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In the old world of business, there was often just one seat at the leadership table for women, two at best. That meant that only so many women could advance. But in a world where women recognize the power that they own – and where technology can upend the traditional rules of engagement – one woman winning doesn’t mean another loses.

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The whole icon of a bull that stands for Wall Street – you couldn’t come up with an image of a more male environment. Women feel that the brand doesn’t speak to them.

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Somehow, there is this feeling that women require remedial financial education, and so everything must be dumbed down. The reality is that we all need a lot more education, but guys just go ahead and invest anyway.

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If you are a senior woman in business, you intuitively know two things: If a white man promotes a woman or a person of color, he gets credit for it. If a woman says great things about a woman, you get dinged for it. Research is clear on this.

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If you are going to fire this person or hire that person, do it all in a concentrated period. The Band-Aid gets ripped off, and everybody goes back to work.

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I never talk about my money! It is interesting how awkward it is to talk about it, even though I talk about it in the abstract every day.

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We shouldn’t think anyone needs a Ph.D. in advanced investing in order to begin to invest.

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First, pay off your high-interest-rate debt. If you have student loan debt – that’s low interest rate; that has a tax benefit – you can leave that out. A mortgage can be an OK one. Credit card debt is poison. That needs to be paid off right away.

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People just haven’t saved enough for retirement. And they’re going to outlive their money.

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We just haven’t had enough women in senior roles on Wall Street overall – fewer women in the investment banking function overall as well.

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I’ve managed many people in my career. I’ve managed very diverse teams. And it’s interesting because what I’ve found over time is that when it would come to bonus time or raise time, I would hear from the gentlemen, ‘I want to make X.’ I don’t think I ever heard from a woman who worked for me, ‘I want to make X.’

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What you hear and what the research shows is that gentlemen negotiate for their first job. Women do not negotiate from their first job and on. And I tell women there is no H.R. fairy godmother. There might be, but you better not count on it.

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I never really considered myself much of a feminist until I left Wall Street. I did all the right things – such as put together gender-diverse teams – but feminism wasn’t deep in my bones.

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The ‘aha’ moment came one to me one morning when I was applying my mascara, and I realized that the retirement crisis is actually a woman’s crisis: Women live longer than men yet retire with less money.

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The Ellevest target client is the professional woman who either has her own money or has agency over her family’s money. She is among the 75 million women in the U.S. workforce who want to take financial control and is looking for a straightforward way to achieve her dreams on her own terms.

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I’m a Weeble. Remember Weebles? The toy whose tagline was, ‘Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down?’ I’m resilient. Oh, and I work really hard.

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My low point was after being reorganized out of running Merrill Lynch. That dismissal deeply contradicted my sense of fairness, since, at the time, my team and I had done what we were brought in to do: We had turned Merrill Lynch around from the depths of the financial crisis.

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I make it a priority to keep in touch with people with whom I’ve worked in the past. And I’m fortunate, because I’ve worked with some terrific folks.

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My kindest interpretation of my younger self is, ‘Boy, was I busy.’ I had two kids, a husband, two stepkids. I mean, how many darn things can a person do at the end of the day?

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When I feel risk-averse, I am much more likely to surround myself with middle-aged, professional, southern females; I just am.

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In terms of challenges, I think finding the right people to maximize the chances the business will succeed is the hardest thing. You can crunch the numbers any way you want, but at the end of the day, you really need good employees and investors – and they aren’t always easy to find.

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